A photo is so many things, it is a story in waiting, a story unfolding and a memory in the making.
We shared a unique perspective at the last Super Soul all about “Photography” and “A New Way to See the World”.
As you will see from the below pics, it was a hands-on, interactive class that required nothing more than a willing spirit, a camera phone and the ability to truly “take time to see”.
For those who missed, here is a glimpse of what we went over. Don’t be fooled that you need anything fancy beyond a camera phone, all you need is presence and a fresh perspective on what to look for.
Take a look, what do you see?
Would you believe that some of these are the exact same subject?
The First Three Concepts
We started out with an activity of “saying what we see”. It was an activity to reinforce the concept that “everyone sees the world differently”. It just depends on what we choose to focus on. Beauty can be found in any thing.
Have you ever looked for color patterns when taking a picture? I know everyone thought I was crazy at first but it soon started to make sense when they saw how an orange flower with the blue sky behind it visually was more appealing to the eye. Take a look at the color wheel below to find out what colors go with what.
How about taking a picture solely based on how it makes you feel? If something evokes an emotion in you, it is likely to do the same in someone else. Take photos of things that move you.
Here are some of the pictures the ladies captured! Didn’t they do an amazing job and remember these were all taken with camera phones!
If ever there was a life-changing, ‘touch you to the core’ moment in a movie, it is this one – one of my all-time favorites!
As he stands atop of a school desk, Robin Williams’ in “Dead Poet’s Society” reminds his students,
We must constantly look at things in a different way…Just when you think you know something, you have to look at it in another way…and find YOUR voice.
Go find your unique voice in the perspective you want to capture when taking photos. Look up, lay down, spin around and you will find something that speaks to you.
The sun went under the clouds just as we spoke about light but nonetheless, we were able to easily test the beauty of “soft diffused light” under all the cloud cover. Below is a tip on finding the best light.
Try taking a photo of something up close and then step back several feet and take the same picture. Most people without any reference would never guess that it is the same subject. Tell a different kind of story through the distance you are from a subject.
More pics the ladies captured showcasing their unique perspectives!
Moments of Our Lives
Lastly, photos are simply “moments”, nothing more, nothing less.
With the vast benefits of social media, one of them is sharing captured “moments”. It is a way to remember and tell the story that is authentic and unique to you.
Many of the photos I share are joy-filled moments. It is not to brag or boast, it is simply to capture and share “joy”. I do it in honor of those who no longer can, carrying on a memory, reminding myself to never forget that life is fleeting and that it can be taken from us on a moment’s notice. I do it out of love and in honor of this gift of life we have been given. I probably take too many photos but I don’t ever want to regret the ones I didn’t take because I want those memories in my life. I take photos to remember the joy, the pain, the heartache, the sorrow, the laughter, the happiness and the love.
Photos are the story of our lives. They are the legacy for our families, our friends, our loved ones and our own mind.
I hope this “Photography Super Soul” gives you a renewed outlook on picture taking and the importance of capturing memories.